Cancer cell imaging and photothermal therapy in the near-infrared region by using gold nanorods.

  title={Cancer cell imaging and photothermal therapy in the near-infrared region by using gold nanorods.},
  author={Xiaohua Huang and Ivan H El-Sayed and Wei Qian and Mostafa A. El-Sayed},
  journal={Journal of the American Chemical Society},
  volume={128 6},
Due to strong electric fields at the surface, the absorption and scattering of electromagnetic radiation by noble metal nanoparticles are strongly enhanced. These unique properties provide the potential of designing novel optically active reagents for simultaneous molecular imaging and photothermal cancer therapy. It is desirable to use agents that are active in the near-infrared (NIR) region of the radiation spectrum to minimize the light extinction by intrinsic chromophores in native tissue… 

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